(By Chris A.Amadi)- A Federal High Court Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, has warned that the Department of State Services do not have the powers to met out punishment to an accused person, and that only the court reserves the right to do so at the end of a trial, when all angles to a case have been examined and weighed on the balance of justice.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, was speaking on Monday after granting bail to the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the sixth time that bail would be granted to the former NSA but not respected by the DSS who had continued to detain him in their custody.
At the hearing, the Judge frowned at the continuous detention of Dasuki for two and a half years, describing it as an affront on the rule of law and granted him bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties.
Meanwhile, the prayer for award of N5billion as general damages by Col. Dasuki(retired) was not granted since his application for bail was granted, but Justice Ojukwu urged the DSS not to detain the accused any longer but can interview him anytime they chose on a working day.
By granting the Bail, Justice Ojukwu answered the prayer of the former NSA for the enforcement of his Fundamental Right and release after two and a half years in detention without trial.